Dorrie Chapin Smith

30 December 1865–4 January 1942 (Age 76)
Northmoreland Township, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life Summary of Dorrie Chapin

When Dorrie Chapin Smith was born on 30 December 1865, in Northmoreland Township, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Samuel Gale Smith, was 38 and his mother, Caroline Hosmer Phillips, was 36. He married Elisabeth Howell on 5 October 1887, in Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Exeter Township, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, United States in 1900 and Kingston Township, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States in 1940. He died on 4 January 1942, in Kingston, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Center Moreland, Northmoreland Township, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Dorrie Chapin Smith
Elisabeth Howell
Marriage: 5 October 1887
Roxie H Smith
Hazel Phillips Smith
Verna M Smith
Glen Thompson Smith
Gladys Elizabeth Smith
Gertrude Smith
Theodore R Smith

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  • Marriage
    5 October 1887Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1866 · The First Civil Rights Act
    Age 1
    The first federal law that defined what was citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected by the law. Its main objective was to protect the civil rights of persons of African descent.
    1877 · First National Strike in U.S. Begins In Pittsburgh Against Pennsylvania Railroad
    Age 12
    Coming out of an economic crisis, everyone was worried when cuts started happening in the railroad. They went on what would the great railroad strike of 1877.
    Age 21
    Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (14)

    • Dora C. Smith in entry for Theo R. Smith, "Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950"
    • Dora Smith in household of S G Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Dorrie C. Smith in entry for Theodore R. Smith and Constance S. Miller, "Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950"

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